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Red Banner Readers

The Red Banner Readers offer concise and affordable introductions to socialist ideas and radical history, and insightful analysis of current affairs. Topics include the life and ideas of revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky and his theory of Permanent Revolution, capitalism vs socialism in China, and why saving the earth requires a socialist solution.

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The Crisis of World Trotskyism

The Crisis of World Trotskyism: Perspectives from the Struggle for a Revolutionary Socialist Feminist Party

by Stephen Durham and Susan Williams

A thumbnail history of the once-great Fourth International and of the Freedom Socialist Party's search for Trotskyist co-thinkers on the world scene, peaking with the launch of the Committee for Revolutionary International Regroupment.

Red Banner Reader #15
$7.00, 72 pages ISBN 978-932323-39-2

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Why International Solidarity with Ukraine Matters

Why International Solidarity with Ukraine Matters

by Andrea Bauer

Marxist thinker Andrea Bauer digs into the often heated debates over whether Russia or NATO actually instigated the war and whether Ukraine has the right to defend itself with arms purchased from imperialist countries. Provides valuable historical context as an aid to analysis of the conflict.

Red Banner Reader #14
$5.50, 28 pages, ISBN 978-932323-38-5

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Which Way Forward for the Black Lives Matter Movement

Which Way Forward for the Black Lives Matter Movement

by Christina Lopez

An activist explores the goals and strategies of the historic youth-led upsurge of 2020-21 and offers a pathway for continued struggle against police violence and enduring racism through an anti-capitalist movement led by Black workers.

Review: Proposing a pathway forward

Red Banner Reader #13
$5.50, 40 pages,
ISBN 978-932323-36-1

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A Revolutionary Call for Black Reparations

A Revolutionary Call for Black Reparations

By Emily Woo Yamasaki

Provides a vision for achieving just recompense for slavery and ongoing systemic racism. Addresses the history of previous reparations efforts and advances a 10-point program for collective, community-implemented restoration measures.

Review: A vision for achieving real justice

Red Banner Reader #12
$5.50, 48 pages
ISBN 978-932323-37-8

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Ecosocialism

Ecosocialism: The Solution for Survival on Planet Earth

by Steve Hoffman

A clear-eyed look at how capitalism has put the planet at risk. But a turnabout is possible if labor, environmentalists and native peoples come together to nationalize industry and provide the system change necessary to reversing ecological destruction.

Red Banner Reader #11
$5.50, 32 pages,
ISBN 978-932323-35-4

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Murry Weiss on Women's Emancipation

Socialist Feminism and the Revolutionary Party

by Andrea Bauer

An in-depth explanation of why Marxist feminism, embodied in a revolutionary party, is the contemporary answer to the crisis of capitalism. Rich in political theory and both historical and contemporary examples. Adopted as the Freedom Socialist Party political resolution at the party's July 2010 national convention. Includes a chronology of key revolutionary organizations and a glossary of socialist thinkers and leaders.

Red Banner Reader #10
$5.00, 62 pages,
ISBN 978-932323-30-9

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Murry Weiss on Women's Emancipation

Murry Weiss on Women's Emancipation and the Future of the Fourth International

A brilliant Marxist and a founder of the Trotskyist movement in the U.S. explains why revolution without women's leadership is out of tune with reality. Weiss critiques the disastrous sexism that led the Fourth International and many other left groups of the 1970s to ignore feminist revolt, ban women's caucuses, and orient toward the most privileged white male trade unionists. Pamphlet includes a biographical sketch of Weiss.

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Red Banner Reader #9
$5.00, 66 pages,
ISBN 0-932323-23-5

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Lyndon LaRouche: Restyled Fascism

Lyndon LaRouche: Fascism Restyled for the New Millennium

by Helen Gilbert

Exposes rightwing conspiracist LaRouche's origins and dangerous political trajectory. Examines the sexism, homophobia, racism and anti-Semitism that underlie the LaRouche movement.

#1 on C.M. Torres's "Understanding LaRouche" reading list at Amazon.com

Dennis King, author of Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism, says: "Highly recommended…packed with information to refute the deceptions of LaRouche organizers on campuses and within the anti-globalization movement."

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Red Banner Reader #8
$4.50, 48 pages,
ISBN 0-932323-21-9

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Capitalism in China

Capitalism's Brutal Comeback in China

by Susan Williams

Analyzes how workers' gains from the 1949 revolution are being destroyed by the bureaucracy's "free market" policies. In this thoroughly researched and documented article, Dr. Williams explores current economic changes, the nature of the state apparatus, and the aims of the political leadership. She concludes that China is in transition back to capitalism, but that there is no reason as yet "to hold a funeral for the Chinese Revolution."

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Red Banner Reader #7
$4.50, 56 pages,
ISBN 0-932323-20-0

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Permanent Revolution in U.S.

Permanent Revolution in the U.S. Today

by Robert Crisman, Stephen Durham, Monica Hill and Merle Woo

Argues for the necessity of revolt in the U.S. and recognition of the radical leadership of women and queers. The four articles in this collection were originally presented as speeches at a 1985 conference on Trotskyist regroupment. The writers examine the importance of revolution in the heartland of imperialism, the degeneration of the Socialist Workers Party, and the importance of the Left recognizing and respecting the dynamic leadership of the most oppressed sectors of the working class.

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Red Banner Reader #6
$4.50, 56 pages,
ISBN 0-932323-19-7

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Leon Trotsky: Life and Ideas

Leon Trotsky: His Life and Ideas

by Helen Gilbert

A concise overview of Leon Trotsky's fascinating and inspiring life, the history of the Russian Revolution, Trotsky's political relationship with V.I. Lenin, the key elements of Trotskyist theory, and Trotsky's international leadership of the fight against the counterrevolutionary Soviet bureaucracy.

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$5.00, 56 pages,
ISBN 0-932323-19-7

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Socialism for Skeptics

Socialism for Skeptics

by Clara Fraser

This zestful introduction to radical politics is a perennial bestseller. A great read --whether you're the skeptic or are looking for persuasive answers to skeptics you know. This pamphlet contains ten brief essays on such topics as the nature of human nature, the viability of a society built on shared wealth and a planned economy, and what it will take to get there.

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$5.00, 44 pages,
ISBN 0-932323-12-X

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From Ashes of the Old Century

From the Ashes of the Old Century, a Better World's in Birth

by Andrea Bauer

The editor of the Freedom Socialist newspaper presents an honest, optimistic assessment of these turbulent times and what lies ahead for the capitalist economy, the labor movement, opposition to neoliberalism, and opportunities for mass movements in the U.S.

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$4.50, 60 pages,
ISBN 0-932323-09-X

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